2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid Road Test 2 Specs | Edmunds

2011 Porsche Cayenne - Road Test Specs

2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

(3.0L V6 Supercharger Hybrid 4x4 8-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl S/C gas/electric hybrid 8A)
Vehicle Type4WD 4dr 5-passenger SUV
Base MSRP$68,675
Options on test vehicleUmber Metallic Paint ($790); Convenience Package ($4,520 -- includes Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with navigation module, bi-xenon headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), heated front seats. auto-dimming mirrors); Height-Adjustable Air Suspension With PASM ($3,980); Luxor Beige Full Leather Interior ($3,655); 19-Inch Cayenne Turbo Wheels ($1,560); 14-Way Power Seats With Memory ($1,335); ParkAssist Front and Rear Sonar ($1,095); Trailer Hitch ($650); Heated Steering Wheel ($250).
As-tested MSRP$86,510
Assembly locationLeipzig, Germany
North American parts content (%)3


ConfigurationLongitudinal, front-engine combined with electric motor, all-wheel drive
Engine typeSupercharged, direct-injected gasoline V6 with auto-stop/start
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,995/183
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.5
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)333 @ 5,500-6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)324 @ 3,000-5,250
Fuel typePremium unleaded (required)
Hybrid typeParallel
Electric motor rating (kW)35
Combined horsepower (hp @ rpm)380 @ 5,500
Combined torque (lb-ft @ rpm)427 @ 1,000
System voltage288
Battery typeNickel-metal hydride
Battery capacity, rated (kW-hr)1.7
Transmission typeEight-speed automatic with console shifter and steering wheel-mounted buttons
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 4.92, II = 2.81, III = 1.84, IV = 1.43, V = 1.21, VI = 1.00, VII = 0.83, VIII = 0.69, R = 4.02
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.27
Differential(s)Clutch-type, locking center differential; open rear differential


Suspension, frontIndependent double wishbones with high-mount upper arm, self-leveling pneumatic springs, driver-adjustable 3-mode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, self-leveling pneumatic springs, driver-adjustable 3-mode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-over-hydraulic-assist, speed-proportional, variable-ratio, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.7 -- 13.3
Tire make and modelMichelin Latitude Tour HP
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size265/50R19 110V M+S
Wheel size19-by-8.5-inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum alloy
Brakes, front14.1-by-1.4-inch ventilated disc with 6-piston fixed caliper
Brakes, rear13-by-1.1-inch ventilated disc with 4-piston fixed caliper

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.2
0-45 mph (sec.)4.1
0-60 mph (sec.)6.1
0-75 mph (sec.)9.2
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.5 @ 93.9
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.9
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.2
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.1
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.4
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)9.5
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)14.6 @ 93.4
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)120
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.2
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON63.9
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.87
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.86
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.9
@ Full throttle (dB)75.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)63.1
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)1,800

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe Cayenne Hybrid positively leaps off the line, as the electric motor and supercharger give it all kinds of instant power. Shifts right at 6,500 rpm redline. Probably would be even quicker if it wasn't so resistant to power braking. Manual shifting via console lever (pull back for downshifts) or nonintuitive steering wheel buttons. Seems to make an attempt to blip throttle on downshifts. Will not hold gears to redline.
Braking commentsModerately firm pedal with longish travel -- could be better. But very calm and secure stops for such a big SUV. Felt just a minor amount of fade on the last two runs.
Handling commentsSkid pad: The stability control system has a very high threshold, so even with it on, throttle modulation was still required. Steering is very light, so it's not easy to feel the front end grip. Chassis was incredibly responsive to drop throttle -- to the point that gentle modulation was required or it would get too much oversteer if you did a real quick lift. Slalom: Light steering that's also oddly quick for an SUV of this size and weight. The stability control system's limits are nearly perfect, as it added only a dash of brakes if you got very aggressive with the last couple of cones. But with ESC off, it was easy to enter too hot, causing too much understeer, or if you backed off the throttle, too much oversteer. You really feel the Cayenne's weight going around the cones.

Testing Conditions

Test date3/22/2011
Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)52.8
Relative humidity (%)69.4
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)29.73
Wind (mph, direction)0.62, crosswind
Odometer (mi.)658
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)37/46 (set to cold psi spec)

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)20 city/24 highway/21 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)21.0 (overall), 23.2 (city best), 24.2 (highway best)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)22.4
Driving range (mi.)537.6

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionAM/FM/CD stereo with 10 speakers
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard USB and auxiliary inputs
Satellite radioOptional XM (not equipped)
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)None (sealed hard drive unit doesn't offer personal music storage space)
Rear seat video and entertainmentOptional (not equipped)
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemOptional, 40GB hard-drive-based, 7-inch display screen measured diagonally (equipped)
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Not available
Smart entry/StartOptional (not equipped)
Parking aidsOptional sonar front and rear (equipped); optional rearview camera (not equipped)
Blind-spot detectionNot available
Adaptive cruise controlOptional (not equipped)
Lane-departure monitoringOptional (not equipped)
Collision warning/avoidanceNot available
Night VisionNot available
Driver coaching displayStandard

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,938
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)5,165
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)52.5/47.5
Length (in.)190.8
Width (in.)76.3
Height (in.)67.4
Wheelbase (in.)114.0
Track, front (in.)65.2
Track, rear (in.)65.7
Turning circle (ft.)39.1
Headroom, front (in.)39.6
Shoulder room, front (in.)58.9
Seating capacity5
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)59.7
behind 2nd row (cu-ft)20.5
GVWR (lbs.)6,415
Payload, mfr. max claim (lbs.)1,477
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)7,716
Ground clearance (in.)8.7
Approach angle (degrees)26.5
Departure angle (degrees)25.0
Breakover angle (degrees)21.0


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion10 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/50,000 miles
Hybrid/battery7 years/70,000 miles (8 years/80,000 miles for battery management)

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